Did you know that there are other ways to strip paint other than using paint stripper? Its true! If you are a long time Vintage Revivals reader you may remember Vicki. This is how Vicki looked when I found her for $50 at the DI.
Well at this point in my life/blog I felt like I HAD to do something to her. I wanted to do something to her. So I did. I painted her gray and added custom cut mirrors.
When the overhaul of my living room started Miss Vicki needed to not be gray anymore. But when the daunting task of stripping a large piece of furniture lays ahead you put it off for as long as you can…
So while I was in my avoid and procrastinate mode I got an email from my friends at HomeRight (you might remember I painted my kitchen table with their CommandMax Sprayer) they had the perfect solution to my dilemma. The Heat Pro Deluxe II.
And THIS is what Vicki looks like now…or again…well, you know what I mean.
When it comes to stripping furniture I am pro. I have done it quite a few times but I had never heard of using a heat gun to remove paint.
It works best on surfaces that have a few layers of paint. (Vicki had a layer of Kilz primer and 3 or so layers of spray paint. If you are unsure about what kind of paint was used and the piece is older I would recommend lead testing the paint before you use the heat gun.)
Turn your Heat Pro Deluxe to the recommended heat setting (mine was the highest. With that setting its going to be 1000 degrees so be smart and don’t check to see if its working with your hand.) Hold it about 4” away from the surface and watch like magic how the paint starts to bubble. Moisture in the wood is being released because of the heat and it makes the paint bubble.
Then scrape off the paint. It will be really dry and flakey.
Make sure that you don’t hold the heat gun in the same spot for too long because you can scorch the wood. When you have your surface scrapped it will look like this:
Then you are going to put a thin layer of Paint Stripper down, I prefer CitriStrip. The remainder of the paint will come right off.
I was scared that the temperature of the heat gun would break the mirror on the fronts so I used CitriStrip on them and let me tell you, it was SO much cleaner using the Heat Pro. The dry paint just swept up, the stripper is so much messier and takes 5x longer.
The wood on Miss Vicki is SO beautiful. Its two tone and I wanted to make sure that you could see it so I used a natural stain to bring out the natural color of the wood. (I always thought natural stain was just a light stain but that was because every time I used it I was using light wood. On something like this piece that is *I think* Walnut and Mahogany it brought out the colors and they are AMAZING!!
To finish it off and protect it I used Danish Oil.
I love how it turned out and I would use the Heat Pro again in a heart beat.
I know so many of you have projects that you need some help with so….I used my charm and good looks to line up a giveaway for a Heat Pro Deluxe II Kit!! (click over and read about all the AMAZING things this tool does!)
It comes with all of the tools that you could ever need to strip a piece of furniture.
Enter the giveaway here:
Love Your Guts, Mandi